• USFS rangers taking skiers on tours at Heavenly

    USFS rangers taking skiers on tours at Heavenly

    The U.S. Forest Service’s Ski with a Ranger program at Heavenly Mountain Resort is resuming Jan. 26. Tours begin at Tamarack Lodge every Monday and Friday at 1pm. The tours last approximately one-hour and continue through April 6, weather permitting.  Participants must be intermediate level skiers/boarders or above and provide their own lift ticket. No […]

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  • LTBMU proposes 3,800-acre tree thinning project

    LTBMU proposes 3,800-acre tree thinning project

    The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking comments on a proposal to reduce excess vegetation on approximately 3,800 acres on the South Shore. The purpose is to reduce the risk of wildland fires and create healthier forests.  Treatments would include forest thinning using hand and mechanical methods, cable yarding and prescribed […]

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  • Time to comment on Mt. Rose’s expansion plans

    Time to comment on Mt. Rose’s expansion plans

    Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest officials are seeking comments on the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Atoma Area Expansion draft environmental impact statement. The draft EIS analyzed the environmental effects of expanding the ski area permit boundary and associated facilities to improve the quality of recreational offerings. The purpose of the expansion project is to provide additional terrain […]

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  • Tahoe’s Smaine wins freeski halfpipe

    Tahoe’s Smaine wins freeski halfpipe

    By Tom Kelly, U.S. Ski and Snowboard   On a night when it really counted, Brita Sigourney (Carmel) came through with a Toyota U.S. Grand Prix win in the Visa freeski halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain and a ticket to PyeongChang. California crowd favorite Kyle Smaine (South Lake Tahoe), the 2015 World Champion, finally nailed his run […]

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  • Atmospheric rivers aid the West — and imperil it

    Atmospheric rivers aid the West — and imperil it

    By Emily Benson, High Country News When a rainstorm slammed California’s Russian River watershed in December 2012, water rushed into Lake Mendocino, a reservoir north of San Francisco. The cause? An atmospheric river, a ribbon of moisture-laden air that can ferry water thousands of miles across the sky. When the tempest hit, the state was […]

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  • Proposed Nev. wilderness could be Trump-era first

    Proposed Nev. wilderness could be Trump-era first

    By Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal Nevada’s Pershing County could become home to the first new wilderness designations of the Trump era. A bill that cleared the House of Representatives by voice vote on Wednesday would designate seven new wilderness areas covering more than 136,000 acres in the northern Nevada county. It still needs Senate approval […]

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  • Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway nearing completion

    Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway nearing completion

    By Janet R. Phillips, Reno Gazette-Journal Two more miles to go and the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway through the steep, rugged Truckee Canyon west of Reno will be complete, hopefully this year. Planning and construction bidding documents are now being prepared for the two most difficult miles to complete – the area where Interstate 80 makes […]

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  • USFS wants input on OHV grant applications

    USFS wants input on OHV grant applications

    The Eldorado National Forest will be submitting applications for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Cooperative Funds for the 2017-18 grant cycle. The gorest is developing preliminary applications to the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division which includes a strong emphasis on trail maintenance and repair, law enforcement across the four Ranger Districts, printing and distribution […]

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  • Squaw Valley’s Mancuso retires from skiing

    Squaw Valley’s Mancuso retires from skiing

    By U.S. Ski and Snowboard After a storied 18-year career, Olympic champion Julia Mancuso  of Squaw Valley hung up her tiara and took a victory lap on Jan. 19 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – which happens to be the first track she podiumed on in January 2006. Mancuso will move on to the next chapter […]

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  • Scientists seek to unlock mysteries of Sierra snow droughts

    Scientists seek to unlock mysteries of Sierra snow droughts

    By Benjamin Spillman, Reno Gazette-Journal What’s the difference between one snow drought and the next? More than most people realize. And those differences have implications for everything from skiing conditions to water supply in the western United States. That’s according to a paper by two Nevada researchers in the journal Earth Interactions. The researchers took […]

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